Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
WHOOOOHOOO! I am so proud to announce my best friend’s spin-off blog to Naked Thanks: Naked Fan Mail. Julie (or Julia if you didn’t know her since she was in braces and a back-brace for scoliosis like I have), is baring her soul via a 365-day letter writing campaign (like Karin and me), but as you’ll see, her letters are a little more Hollywood…
ENJOY and check her out! The web address is super catchy: www.nakedfanmail.com (Doesn’t the word NAKED make everything easier to remember?!)
Monday, November 8th, 2010
I think I was spoiled at a young age by being best friends with Julie. She’s hilarious. She’s been in many of my posts — I thank her for things like joining me on a quest to stalk all the hot boys in Erie, PA with a platter of insanely decorated Christmas cookies and entertaining the troops with her filthy jokes overseas. However, she makes cameos in tons of my notes — because it seems like every crazy plan I’ve ever had (like sealing the pores of my armpits shut or curing my wrinkles by consuming massive amounts of flax oil), she’s been in on.
As a child, I don’t even think Julie meant to be funny, but in doing things like wearing gigantic Sally Jesse Raphael red glasses that she was constantly getting bubble gum stuck all over and telling the director of our sailing camp to “go f*ck” himself — she’s always been one of the most hilarious people I know.
In fact, since having her as my best friend, I literally can’t stomach being friends with people who are not funny. If a person doesn’t have a sense of humor, then, um, well, it’s almost like I categorize them with social misfits and serial killers. The chances of me pursuing a friendship with an individual who can’t make me laugh is akin to me attempting to wax my bikini line with just a pair of tweezers: never in a million years. (Again, another reason why I’m so grateful to have met such friendly and FUNNY people here in Delaware! Like the girl who recently left Depends on my door!!)
Anywho. I’m pleased to announce Julie is starting a spin-off blog to Naked Thanks, called Naked Fan Mail. Like Karin and I have done for the past year, Julie will be “baring her soul” but she’ll be doing it through good natured celebrity fanaticism rather than thank you notes (so very fitting for her status as a LA-resident). Plus, as a stand-up comedian, I’m sure she’ll keep us all in stitches with her witty observations on Hollywood and pop culture.
Happy to pass the naked baton to you, Jul!!! Readers: stay tuned for the link on Wednesday!
Julie's been my best friend for as long as I can remember. We bonded as young children over the fact that both our mothers cut our hair with butter knives and dressed us like boys. I'm honored she's doing a spin-off to Naked Thanks!
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
One month to go until Karin and my year-long goal of Naked Thanking comes to an end! Because we began writing these notes on November 14, 2009, our last “official” day of thanking is November 13th. Exactly 31 days from now. I really can’t believe it’s been 11 months that I’ve been writing these notes. I literally have HUNDREDS of pages of gratitude squirreled away in Word and Google docs all over my computer. I’ve never written so much in my life. The sheer volume of my notes and explanations (350+ pages single spaced!) astounds me. It’s like the most detailed diary I’ve ever written in my life!
And even though Karin isn’t hitting the “publish” button on her notes anymore, don’t worry, she’s still writing them. I see them every night when I update my blog posts. It’s a shame her work won’t allow her to partake in any outside writing, but I’m still happy I’m not going at this whole 365-days-of-thanks thing alone.
Quite honestly, I’m excited and sad this blog is coming to a close. I’ll still be updating the blog after November 13th, but with this new baby on the way, there’s no way I could write and publish a daily thank you. I’m planning to make much more use of my camera when posting; maybe instead of notes I’ll simply put up pictures of my daily thanks. Plus, we have a great spin-off blog in the works…but more on that later.
What really amazes me, is that I’ve actually done something I said I was going to do for (almost) an entire year. While Karin can easily stick to goals (uh, the girl’s climbed Mount Everest and run like 5 marathons now…), I struggle more with goal-ADD. I start things and never finish them. Books, projects, jobs, relationships — you name it and I’ve stopped short. So the fact that I’m only a month away from doing something for 365 days is a really big accomplishment for me. Here’s to the next month of thanks!
It's amazing how much has changed for both Karin and I in this year of thanks -- all for the better. She got a new job, climbed the world's highest mountain, is learning to not fear children...while I grew another baby in my belly, moved outta the city and to the beach, and actually did something I said I was going to do. See what good things gratitude can bring!